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Zoey is too Drunk for This Dystopia by Jason Pargin could be written off as another semi-futuristic funny dystopia. The name is hilarious, it certainly seems as if his book doesn’t take itself too seriously. However, what is unique about Jason Pargin’s writing, I include the entire “Zoey Ashe” and “John Dies at the End” series, is that Pargin is a brilliant satirist. You should take his work seriously because his slicing, biting wit and take on today’s politics and popular culture are often painfully accurate. He is in good company with Hunter S. Thompson, Catch 22, and “Transmetroplitan.” I could see him and Spider Jerusalem having a lot to say to each other right before Spider loses his shit and pulls out his Spider Jerusalem bowel disruptor on the annoying people in the restaurant.

Zoey is to drunk for this dystopiaAs a side note – I would love to know if that gun got a nod in this novel in the form of an umbrella. 

“That guy is a turd in my teeth.” 

― Jason Pargin, Zoey Is Too Drunk for This Dystopia

Zoey is too Drunk for this Dystopia, is the third in the Zoey series following Zoey Punches the Future in the Dick. If you are unfamiliar with Pargin’s work, the basic premise of the “Zoey Ashe” series is that Zoey is a reluctant and farcical heiress to a fortune built on dirty money. Her absent father, who recently passed, was a kingpin in Tabula Ra$a, and his fortune was left to a very ordinary Zoey, much to her surprise. All of a sudden, people are trying to kill her. She has a team that works to protect her, and her choices of what to do with her father’s wealth have a massive impact on the people of Tabula Ra$a. 

In this book, Tabula Ra$a is hosting its huge annual music festival in the desert, with history’s most ridiculous mayoral election in the background. It is a battle of perceptions between the candidates. “As tensions ratchet tighter, Zoey realizes that this is a battle of narratives: Every culture needs a collective story to believe in, so it’s just a matter of coming up with one and then carefully sculpting reality to make it fit. How hard can that be? They have the whole weekend.”

“Where you find demand, you find people willing to fill that demand.” 

― Jason Pargin, Zoey Is Too Drunk for This Dystopia

Pargin touches on issues that impact everyday life—fronted by the absurd. For instance, Tabula Ra$a is a city in the middle of the Utah desert. The irony here is that Utah is one of the most conservative states, and Tabula Ra$a… isn’t. Zoey’s world is the excesses of anything goes, but she is shackled by what she can do by celebrity. Everything said and done is recorded and broadcast on various social networks. Everyone has an angle and an ache to get a finger in the Tabula Ra$a pie. The narrative of what is true and what is a lie is constantly changing and shaped by the viewers’ perception—this becomes stochastic terrorism. Perceptions are wielded like a cudgel. Politics aside, stochastic terrorism is a very effective and prevalent threat used widely by both the media in general and media personalities in the real world, and it is matched to the absurd degree in Zoey’s world.

The writing in Zoey is too Drunk for this Dystopia is thoroughly engaging. Party in the desert that sounds a lot like burning man to the nth degree, riots, stunts, drugs, sex, danger, action, buildings blowing up, angels set afire…there is a lot to digest here. This book has some harrowing scenes, one with a fake sinking ship, one with an artificial meat product, and one with a moving drink machine too. 

It is strange even to put these words together, harrowing and synthetic meat products, but it is true. 

Even with this being the third book in the series, it is still one of my best reads of the year. I enjoy the characters. Zoey is entertaining and a lot more complicated than you would initially think. As the series progresses, we learn more about Zoey’s team, who they are, and where they come from. 

I can’t say more about the plot of Zoey is too Drunk for this Dystopia because I don’t want to give it away, and even if I could, it is so unbelievable that it is hard to explain. Just trust me. Please don’t miss this series! His novels are truly worth the read. 

Read Some of Our Other Reviews

Review – Zoey Punches the Future in the Dick by Jason Pargin

Review – Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong

zoey is too drunk for this dystopia

zoey is too drunk for this dystopia

zoey is too drunk for this dystopia

zoey is too drunk for this dystopia

zoey is too drunk for this dystopia

zoey is too drunk for this dystopia

zoey is too drunk for this dystopia

zoey is too drunk for this dystopia

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